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Ronald Acuña Jr. Is Donging His Way Into The Record Books

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Ronald Acuña Jr.—the second-most impressive sub-legal drinking age player in the NL East—is having an extremely good time these days. He’s batting leadoff for an Atlanta Braves team that suddenly finds itself half a game up in the division, and he is smoking the hell out of the damn baseball.

Acuña has hit six dingers in the last seven Braves games, including both legs of today’s doubleheader against the Marlins. Get a load of this:


That’s a strong 414-foot blast to center field to lead off Game 1, which the Braves won by a score of 9–1. Now have an even heartier load of this:


That, pals, is a towering 441-foot shot, also to center field, to lead off Game 2. If lead-off dingers on both legs of a doubleheader by the same man sounds like something that shouldn’t happen real often, it in fact does not:


Per Fangraphs, the first time this was ever done was May 30, 1913, and it wasn’t done again until Rickey Henderson smashed a couple in July 1993. And it wasn’t the only way Acuña made history with the dong:


He’s no Juan Soto, but he’ll do.

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